Sri Lanka seeks international help after deadly flooding, landslides

INS Jalashwa will sail out from Visakhapatnam today with HADR (Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief) that include relief material such as food, medicines and water.

Sri Lanka tri-forces personnel including more than 1000 Army troops are now engaged in the rescue and relief operations in coordination with the Disaster Management Centre (DMC), District and Divisional Secretariats, Police and other authorities in flood-affected areas.

Monsoon rains previous year caused flooding and landslides, killing just over 100 people.

Official sources said 460,000 people were affected by the flooding caused by Friday's intense monsoon deluge.

Troops have been deployed for rescue operations and the Home Ministry has set up a 24-hour relief center for the people affected.

Following the request made, Indian medical teams and emergency relief arrived on board a vessel which reached the Colombo harbour this morning.

The military used large armoured vehicles and boats to transport people to safety.

AGALAWATTE, SRI LANKA-Sri Lanka's military said Saturday that it is doubtful any missing people will be found alive two days after torrents of mud triggered by heavy rain covered homes in southern and western parts of the country, killing 100 people and leaving 99 others missing.

"When you feel the pain, we also feel the pain", the envoy said while formally handing over the Indian aid to Sri Lanka's Foreign minister Ravi Karunanayake at the Colombo port.

At the invitation of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, the Prime Minister was earlier this month in the island nation as chief guest at the UN-recognised 14th International Vesak Day celebrations to mark the birth, enlightenment and passing away of Lord Buddha.

The Sri Lankan Department of Meteorology said it expected rains to subside, but the monsoon would remain active at a lower intensity.

Sri Lanka, which has been heavily deforested for cash crops, often witnesses landslides during the monsoon season.

  • Joanne Flowers